Gareth Southgate, manager of England’s national football team, wants the Football Association to scout more players from South Asian communities. “We should be looking at how we scout,” claimed Southgate.
He believes Asian players have been overlooked for a long. The national team manager wants the FA to get better at finding players from societal areas. The Football Association launched the second phase of ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’ in 2019, focused on trying to get more people from Asian backgrounds playing a bigger part in English football.
Goal.com claims that England manager believes deep-rooted prejudices have played a part in a lack of star players emerging from those communities and the Asian players have often faced greater challenges to succeed in the game than other. He added that the English football has to improve in identifying talent from under-represented backgrounds.
Speaking on the England Football YouTube channel, Southgate said: “We should be looking at how we scout. Historically, there has been a sort of unconscious bias, maybe the perception that some Asian players were not as athletic, they weren’t as strong [as other players].”
“That is such a ridiculous generalisation. In a lot of communities now, football is being played, in all sorts of variety of areas, so, I think [in terms of] scouting the Asian community, we’ve got to be creative in getting into the places where some of these kids might be playing.”
“We have to be encouraging them into broader leagues where they can be assessed more easily against other players, and then making that step into the academy system.” Southgate’s national team lost to Italy in Euro 2020 final after England missed penalties following a 1-1 tie.